Hey (Insert Name of Smart Technology), How Long Do I Roast a Turkey?

Conception of smart kitchen controlled by tablet application.
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Whether your house is hooked up to your tablet or your watch can tell you what time your turkey is done, cooking technology has come a long way from when the first microwave changed the American household. From apps for recipe curation to using smart scales to measure ingredients, technology is taking a seat at the family table. 

Smart refrigerators offer touch screens that connect you to your favorite online grocery delivery service. Some even have a video camera built in that allows you to see what you have (or don’t have) in the refrigerator when you are out shopping. Built-in or third party voice-activated recording tools allow you to speak your grocery list and then a mobile app allows you to access it from the store.

Some of the newest ovens are set up for wireless connectivity and allow you to preheat the oven on your way home from work via a phone app. Other handy features include increasing or decreasing the cooking temperature and notifying you when the food is done and turning off the oven. Digital and Bluetooth features of slow cookers, pressure cookers, pans and more have freed the home chef from waiting for food to finish cooking.

Virtual reality is the next area of focus for cooking technology. From the cookbook to watching your favorite chefs demonstrate technique via video clip, now you can immerse yourself in a cooking class from your own home via virtual reality apps and tools. Learn to cook Italian food from Italy or from within your favorite restaurant. The possibilities are endless when cooking in the kitchen meets cooking in the “cloud.”

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Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN, is the Nutrition Knowledge Management Specialist for Alive & Thrive/FHI 360. She is member of the Academy's Nutrition Informatics Committee and Chair of its Consumer Informatics Workgroup.